Friday, January 30, 2015

Standoff Ends, Subject Sent for Mental Evaluation

A Cherokee Nation deputy marshal, whose name was not released, has been sent to a Tahlequah hospital for a mental evaluation after surrendering to the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) SWAT Team, Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said in a press conference Friday morning. Lockhart said the man, who was about 50, surrendered at 4:30 a.m. Friday after a 10 hour standoff. The man will not be charged, Lockhart said. "Our main goal was to get him some assistance, to get him the treatment he needs," Lockhart said. 

The man is described as a trained law enforcement officer and trained sniper, who did have guns in the house. The house is on Blue Ribbon Downs property, now owned by the Cherokee Nation. Lockhart said the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service was alerted to the problem by the man's family and girlfriend, who said he had not been to work since Monday. The marshal service alerted other police agencies-the sheriff's office and Sallisaw Police Department-who helped the service block off Farm Road, on the track's west side, where the house is located. Lockhart said neighbors were warned about the standoff, but were not evacuated.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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